Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300 front

Nikon D3300 summary

Nikon D3300 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially revealed on April of 2014. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Nikon introduced this camera in order to replace the previous Nikon D3200 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently introduced the fresher Nikon D3400 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this camera.

The D3300 is placed #21 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over-all #187 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.

Nikon D3300 family

The Nikon D3300 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
D3300 vs D3500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2018
Nikon-D5600 front thumbnailNikon D5600
D3300 vs D5600
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
D3300 vs D3400
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
Nikon-D5500 front thumbnailNikon D5500
D3300 vs D5500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D3300 front thumbnailNikon D330024MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
Nikon-D5300 front thumbnailNikon D5300
D3300 vs D5300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Nikon-D5200 front thumbnailNikon D5200
D3300 vs D5200
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Nikon-D3200 front thumbnailNikon D3200
D3300 vs D3200
24MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D5100 front thumbnailNikon D5100
D3300 vs D5100
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Nikon-D3100 front thumbnailNikon D3100
D3300 vs D3100
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3000 front thumbnailNikon D3000
D3300 vs D3000
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D5000 front thumbnailNikon D5000
D3300 vs D5000
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
Nikon-D60 front thumbnailNikon D60
D3300 vs D60
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Nikon-D40X front thumbnailNikon D40X
D3300 vs D40X
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon-D40 front thumbnailNikon D40
D3300 vs D40
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006

Nikon D3300 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D3300 based on factors that are generally regarded as necessary in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in flash
delivers RAW formats
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good resolution screen (921 thousand dots)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great battery life (700 shots)
includes HDMI socket
includes mic socket
lighter than average in class (430g)
no anti aliasing filter
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
sensor has phase detect AF
supports face detect focusing
supports tracking focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
you can focus manually
does not have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
max frames per second low (5.0 fps)
no headphone socket
no Time Lapse function
screen does not articulate
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Nikon D3300 Sensor specifications

The Nikon D3300 houses the Expeed 4 processor chip. The specification of the sensor in the Nikon D3300 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can also be increased electronically to a high of 25600. RAW files are saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

Nikon made the decision to skip the anti aliasing filter on the Nikon D3300. This may result in more clearer photographs but can create moire under certain conditions.

The graphic below shows the D3300's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The D3300 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D3300 dimensions

Nikon D3300 is 0.95 lb (430g / 15.17 oz) and features outer dimensions of 124mm x 98mm x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Nikon D3300 is less heavy in comparison with its rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Nikon D3300 alongside a softdrink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Nikon D3300 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button layout on the D3300.

Nikon D3300 topview buttons dials

Nikon D3300 Lens specifications

The D3300 fits the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the D3300.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tokina-Opera-50mm-F1.4-Nikon-F-FX lensTokina Opera 50mm F1.450mmf/1.4950g
Sigma-100-400mm-F5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM100-400mmf/5-6.3 1160g
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Nikon-AF-DX-Fisheye-Nikkor-10.5mm-f2.8G-ED lensNikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8G ED11mmf/2.8 300g
Tamron-SP-AF-60mm-F2-Di-II-LD-IF-Macro-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron SP AF 60mm F2 Di II LD IF Macro60mmf/2.0 400g
Tamron-18-400mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-HLD-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD18-400mmf/3.5-6.3 710g
Tamron-70-210mm-F4-Di-VC-USD-Nikon-F-FX lensTamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD70-210mmf/4 859g
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Tamron-SP-AF-17-50mm-F2.8-XR-Di-II-VC-LD-Aspherical-IF-Nikon-F-DX lensTamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical IF17-50mmf/2.8 570g
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Nikon D3300 Connectivity

The D3300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon D3300 Video specifications

The highest possible video quality in the Nikon D3300 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance for quality versus file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to crop. Although the camera comes with a mic socket, it is unfortunately missing a headphone socket which means you will not have the capability to check your sound levels.

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Nikon D3300 Weather Sealing

Nikon D3300 does not include environment sealing so wet conditions may ruin the camera.

Nikon D3300 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon D3300 includes a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Nikon D3300 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.57x

Viewfinders are really useful for bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Nikon D3300 Shutter specifications

Nikon D3300 has the capability to shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Nikon D3300 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon D3300 has got both built in flash plus external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Nikon D3300 Autofocus specifications

Nikon D3300 has got both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it valuable for portraits.

The AF system includes 11 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Nikon D3300 has got manual focusing if required for low light situations or you want more exact focusing control.

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Nikon D3300 Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL14a) on the Nikon D3300 is built to last for 700 shutters according to the CIPA standards which is above the usual when compared to its category. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x comes with the best (1900) battery life for this category of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Nikon D3300 for different categories of photography

The following illustration shows a outline of the Nikon D3300 for different categories of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.

Nikon D3300 Portrait photography factors

The Nikon D3300 gets a points tally of 79 which is exceptional, and means the camera is a brilliant fit for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the potential to work with external flash.

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you can focus manually
MP count good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
supports RAW formats

Street photography with Nikon D3300

Coming in at a very good rating of 65, the Nikon D3300 is a good choice for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than others (430g)
no moving screen
no image stabilization

Nikon D3300 Sports photography factors

A nice sports photography score of 68 suggests the Nikon D3300 is a very decent fit for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
great battery power (700 shots)
comes with phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization

Nikon D3300 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is super crucial when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon D3300 gets a above average 67 as a travelling camera which is a respectable fit to purchase for your journeys.

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great battery (700 per charge)
lighter than average in class (430g)
good MP (24MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly

Landscape photography with Nikon D3300

For anybody who is planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon D3300 and it's very good grade of 73 as a landscape camera is a good option within the current market.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
good sized screen (3 inches)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (700 shots)
no image stabilization
missing Time Lapse recording

Nikon D3300 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon D3300 is not good as a vlog camera as it receives a awful score of 33.

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has face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has mic port
lighter than others in class (430g)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization

Nikon D3300 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the D3300, here is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall into the category of Entry-Level DSLR.

The chart just below will give you a bird's eye view of the D3300 vs it's top scored rivals listed above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might view as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D3300
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Expeed 4
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW data
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens support
Nikon F
Available lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology
TFT LCD (160 degree viewing angle)
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/200 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p fps), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
430g (0.95 lb)
Physical dimensions
124 x 98 x 76mm (4.9" x 3.9" x 3.0")
Battery life
700 images
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Price at release